Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weekend Recap: My First 5k!

The long weekend brought with it a lot of activity. My fiance and I had signed up for a trail run (I did a 5k, he did his first half marathon) a while ago not realizing it was Memorial Day weekend. So while I was busy training (*cough, cough*), lots of other plans got scheduled! Luckily we were able to enjoy it all and still found time to relax with each other. 

My sister currently lives in New York, and she decided to come for a visit over the holiday weekend. She and my mom came out to the race, and even though they got there after I finished, we were all able to cheer for my fiance as he came through the finish. Seeing the big smile on his face was priceless! My race went well, I was happy that it wasn't too hilly and I only had to walk two short times. I didn't really care about my time (36:17), as I'd signed up for the fun of it. And after an athletic morning, it was great to get lunch and spend time with my sister.

Race schwag + Sweat Pink shoes!
That's me in the middle.
Even though I'd only run a 5k, not a half marathon, I found myself really stiff the next day. The Lululemon store around the corner from my apartment holds free yoga classes on Sunday mornings, and that was a perfect way to stretch things out! We spent some time with friends that afternoon, and otherwise just relaxed at home.

I've always loved these flags at my yoga studio.
My usual Monday morning yoga class was taught my a different instructor due to the holiday, but again it was a wonderful way to start my day, and as I was still a bit stiff (especially in my calves) it helped to stretch and relax. Plus, at the end of class a woman complimented my pedicure color and asked what it was called as she wanted to get the same color. I'm not really a fan of the green, but I am a fan of giving compliments to strangers!

Essie Mojito Madness, in case you're wondering.
On Monday, my Dad decided to host an impromptu bbq and gathering at his house. It was great to get together with everyone one last time before my sister's red-eye flight back to New York. His wife and her kids were making most of the food, but he requested that I make a Rhubarb Pie. This is not a dish that I would call healthy, as it's full of refined flour and sugar, but it is delicious. Since rhubarb is only around for a few weeks out of the year, it's one of those times I make an exception to eating healthy. Eating healthy 80% of the time means that when I have a splurge here and there it doesn't throw me off too much. Take a look at my post from last year for more info on rhubarb, as well as the pie recipe.

The smell of Rhubarb Pie is simply amazing!
How did you spend the weekend? Did you give any compliments to strangers? Or people you know? Tell us about it in the comments!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

5 Quick Tips to Alleviate Your Seasonal Allergies

If you're anything like me, the spring seasons brings the sniffles along with all the beautiful flowers and greenery. There are many different pollens floating through the air, and it can be difficult to tell what specifically is making you stuffy, sneezy, and snotty. My five tips below will be helpful no matter what your seasonal allergy is! Give them a try, and leave a comment below letting us know how it's working for you.

1. Avoid dairy. Even if you're a member of the small part of the population that does not have an intolerance or allergy to dairy, consuming milk, cheese and yogurt leads to the body producing more mucus. One effect of this is more snot - not what I want! Avoid dairy products for a few days and see if you notice a difference in your sinus symptoms.

2. Use a Neti Pot in the evenings, about an hour before bed. If you've spent time outside during the day, you can add another cleanse. Do not use water straight from the tap!! Either boil your water (let it cool before you use it!) or use distilled water to make the saline solution. Don't share a Neti Pot with anyone, as this can transfer germs. Each person should have their own.

3. Shop at your farmer's market, and year-round, do your best to primarily eat local, seasonal foods. This includes local raw honey. Eating foods grown close to your home taste the best and have more nutrients because they're picked closer to being ripe, but they also introduce your body to some of the local pollens, which over time can make your body less reactive.

4. As gorgeous as it is outside, close windows to avoid pollens and air pollution from coming into your home. Especially on windy days! In your car, close the windows and use the air conditioner (be sure your air filter is changed regularly).

5. Clean house with non-toxic cleaners. Many cleaners at the store contain chemical compounds that are nasal irritants, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms. Use micro-fiber cloths to dust first, then vacuum. Be sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter to trap all those allergens! For glass cleaners and all-purpose cleaners, make a DIY concoction - it's a super easy, inexpensive and effective way to clean, and it's safe to breathe. Even for babies and pets!

For more on non-toxic cleaners, and to learn more about the health coaching and Kitchen Detox programs I offer, please visit www.lindsayzwicker.com!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Coconut Rice Pudding

Brown Jasmine Rice, stored in an airtight glass jar.
I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to use up my leftovers, and I came up with a great breakfast idea the other day! We almost always have plain brown rice or quinoa leftovers in our fridge, and there are SO many ways to use them besides the obvious side dish accompaniment to greens. On a recent cold morning, I decided to experiment with making a rice pudding for breakfast. And it turned out so delicious, I couldn't resist sharing it with you! Read on below...

It isn't so pretty, but I promise it's tasty!!
Coconut Rice Pudding (serves 2)
- About 2C cooked rice
- 1 Can Organic Coconut Milk (I like Native Forest)
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon & Nutmeg
- Maple Syrup (optional, to taste)

- In a pot, over medium heat, combine the leftover rice with the can of coconut milk.
- Heat until just boiling, then lower heat and simmer until most of the coconut milk is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Stir periodically so rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. If you want to chill and save the pudding for later, leave it more liquidy as it will thicken in the fridge.
- If you're eating it hot, like I did, spoon pudding into bowls, and sprinkle with spices and a bit of sweetener (if desired). The options are endless, but I think maple syrup works great in this recipe!

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